Ramdin keeps Windies winning streak alive

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin stroked a half-century as West Indies kept up their winning streak with a 13-run victory over English County Warwickshire in their third unofficial warm-up Twenty20 here yesterday.The Caribbean side racked up 145 for five off their 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with the right-handed Ramdin top-scoring with an unbeaten 52.Jason Holder struck 23 not out while captain Darren Sammy got 20.In reply, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo picked up three for 26 as Warwickshire were limited to 132 for four off their 20 overs.Opener Varun Chopra top-scored with 41, while England discard Ian Bell got 35 in an opening stand of 74. Chopra counted five fours, while Bell gathered four fours and a six.Once they were separated, however, Warwickshire lost four wickets for 38 runs to lose momentum as West Indies closed out well.SCORING RUNSRamdin had earlier dragged West Indies out of a hole, where they lay languishing at 43 for four, inspiring two stands to get them up to their eventual total.He stroked five fours and faced 36 deliveries, adding 34 for the fifth wicket, with Sammy and 68 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Holder.Sammy faced 14 balls and struck two fours, while Holder hit three fours off 20 deliveries.West Indies will face Warwickshire again on Sunday in their final preparation game before they head to India to take on Australia and India in their two official warm-up games for the Twenty20 World Cup.They play India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata next Thursday before clashing with India three days later at the same venue.last_img read more

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Bruce, Goertzen Score as Women’s Soccer Defeats UNI, 2-0

first_imgNext Game: Indiana State 10/20/2019 – 1 PM “We look forward to building on tonight, cleaning up some minor details, and getting some rest before a quick turnaround against Indiana State,” Horner said. Print Friendly Version Bruce scored her second goal of the season by tucking a shot into the lower-right corner in the 40th minute before Goertzen notched her first-career goal via a set piece in the 65th minute. Goertzen carried the counter-attack into a dangerous area before threading the needle into the box and onto the feet of Bruce, who had slithered into the cracks of UNI’s back line. Bruce weighted her touch just right and jostled with a UNI defender before curling home the tenth goal of her career. Of Drake’s eight goal-scorers in 2019, Bruce leads with two scores. WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Goals by Olivia Bruce and Delaney Goertzen lifted the Drake University women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over in-state rival Northern Iowa on Wednesday night at Tiger Field. The Bulldogs controlled the run of play throughout the night, owning 62 percent of the possession. Their monopoly on the ball paid off with Bruce’s goal late in the first half. Preview Full Schedule Roster center_img “It was great for us to get two goals and a clean sheet,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Our players deserve to feel good about their performance. Our center midfielders were sharp, our target play was quite clean, and our players stuck to the game plan.” Goalkeeper Kelsie Stone was credited with four saves between the posts en route to collecting her third shutout of the season. After Drake earned another corner kick, Hannah Bormann played it short to Kavan, who curved in a left-footed cross toward the 6-yard box. Alison Walls did well to get a touch in traffic, redirecting the ball to Goertzen, who came charging forward to power home the first goal of her career. Walls earned her first assist of the season while Kavan collected her team-leading third assist. Drake unleashed a relentless attack, earning five corner kicks in the opening seven minutes of the half. The Bulldogs maintained their ball-hogging ways, and the pressure culminated in Goertzen’s goal. Live Stats Drake (5-8-1, 2-2-0 MVC) has won consecutive games for the first time this year. The Bulldogs will look for their third-straight win against Indiana State on Sunday at Cownie Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The score gave the Bulldogs momentum and a 1-0 lead into the halftime break, and they picked up where they left off to begin the final 45 minutes.last_img read more

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My Donegal… with teacher and musician Kelli McGrory

first_imgKelli Mc Grory teaches Music and Irish in Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore. She has been singing and playing various instruments including piano, violin, whistle and guitar from a young age.She recently started recording music in Full Tilt Studios, Letterkenny with Tommy Conway. Kelli’s Facebook videos have thousands of views, and she has over 2,200 people following her on social media!This is Kelli’s Donegal… What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Being from Fanad, I’m lucky to have so many nice beaches nearby. It’s hard to find a nicer beach than Warden/Ballymastocker Bay.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner was a hero in my house when I was growing up so it has to be him.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Obviously the All-Ireland win in 2012 lifted the whole county but I think having Seamus Coleman captain Ireland at the Euros in June was a very proud moment. I was lucky enough to have been there too!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Creameries milk!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Again, Seamus Coleman. He proved how grounded he is at his homecoming in Killybegs after having an unbelievable tournament in France. He’s a great role model for so many.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?There are so many young people who have built businesses from scratch recently which is a great inspiration to anyone wanting to follow their passion. If I start mentioning people, I’m afraid I’ll forget someone!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie Bonner. What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yellow Pepper in LetterkennyDonegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?I haven’t met either!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Ara”!What is your favourite Donegal food?Anything homemade! Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?No, I think we’re a friendly bunch lucky enough to be living in a very scenic part of the country!Do you have a favourite local band? In Their Thousands. They’re unbelievably talented and so down to earth.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Health Services, we’re sometimes forgotten about.What has been the most rewarding, and the most challenging part of being a musician? I don’t really find it challenging, I enjoy it which is half the battle. The most rewarding part is seeing my students on stage and most importantly, enjoying themselves.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Being an Irish teacher, I think it’s so important to keep our language alive. We have a really hardworking group of people in Fanad promoting the Irish language and culture.To keep up with Kelli you can follow her on Facebook and to hear more of her music you can follow her on Soundcloud.My Donegal… with teacher and musician Kelli McGrory was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Federal Judge Rules Evolution Must Be Taught As Fact, Not Theory

first_imgIt sounds like open-mindedness is illegal in Georgia, on the face of it.  Federal judge Clarence Cooper is allowing a lawsuit against the Cobb County school district to go to trial.  Their crime has been to insert warning labels in biology textbooks that state, simply,This textbook contains material on evolution.  Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things.  This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.Six parents sued the school board over these stickers, which they claim advance a religious agenda.  The judge agreed with their claim that the labels did not have “a secular purpose” and therefore were an unconstitutional violation of separation of church and state.  According to the Associated Press story published on MSNBC News, “he noted that while the disclaimer has no biblical reference, it encourages students to consider alternatives other than evolution.”  He thought, therefore, that the labels could have the effect of “advancing or inhibiting religion.”    Presumably, alternatives probably would have included creationism, and while “The theory of evolution, accepted by most scientists, says evidence shows current species of life evolved over time from earlier forms and that natural selection determines which species survive,” the presumed alternative of “Creationism credits the origin of species to God.”  If so, the article claims, “In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled creationism was a religious belief that could not be taught in public schools along with evolution.”    On a related subject, John West of the Discovery Institute rebuked a recent CNN story for distorting the truth.  According to World Net Daily, CNN claimed nine states were considering punishing teachers who failed to consider alternatives to evolution.  The shoe is on the other foot, West responded: “This sort of shoddy journalism is inexcusable.  CNN manufactured a controversy that doesn’t in fact exist.  There is no movement in America to fire teachers who won’t teach ‘alternatives to evolution.’  The teachers who are really facing threats to their academic freedom today are those who want to present scientific criticisms of evolutionary theory.”How false and dumb do news stories have to get before people can’t take it any more and make their voices heard?  As seen in the Associated Press story about the textbook warning labels, the usual lies and misrepresentations from the Darwin Party have now been superseded by actual mind control.  Students must not develop critical thinking skills.  Open minds must be closed.  The thought police will now tell them what they must believe.  But CNN has the audacity to assert that opening the door to alternatives to evolution restricts teachers’ rights.    Judge Cooper based his decision not on the facts, nor on what the label actually said, but on (1) the assumed motive of the school board, and (2) the assumed effect on students.  As for (1), the judge felt he could read between the lines and discern the motives of the school board: “Aha!  I know what you’re trying to do.  You say you want students to keep an open mind, but what you really want to do is push the Biblical teaching of creationism!  Well, we’re not content to keep you off first base; we’re going to bend the rules so you can’t have a turn at bat!”  The danger of this legal approach should be self-evident.  If the thought police can now arrest you for what they think you might do, instead of for what you have done, then the Bill of Rights is out the window.    Some will retort that school board members are elected representatives of the state and speak for the government.  So what?  Does that trump their rights?  Does that make them slaves to the Darwin Party?  Government is of the people and by the people.  Are not school board members allowed to think, debate issues and make decisions?  If the voters don’t like their decisions, they can vote them out of office.  Why does the Darwin Party use the end run tactic of going to the courts to get their way?  One would think that scientists were interested in debating evidence, if “most scientists” believe “evidence shows” bacteria evolved into humans.  OK, may we talk about that evidence?  “No!  We’re going to find a judge who will outlaw criticism of our view!”    As for (2) the presumed effect on students – the fear that they might actually develop critical thinking skills and consider alternatives instead of swallowing the dogma that evolution is a fact – it is inconceivable that any science teacher worth his or her salt should fear open-mindedness.  Most science teachers want students to think and not just parrot answers.  Most science teachers would love it if their students actually understood something, and could discuss it intelligently, instead of just believing the textbook or the teacher’s word.  Even pro-evolution teachers should realize that discussion and debate about evolution is healthy.  The warning labels could be a great teachable moment for both sides.  What is there to fear?  That a student might think for a change?  Come on, Darwin Party apologists; you are making yourselves look like thought police.  If the only way you can get students to believe your view is to prevent students from even knowing there might be alternatives, then your view is not worth learning.    The Associated Press repeated a common lie about the 1987 Supreme Court decision, that creationism could not be taught along with evolution.  The decision only outlawed state laws that mandate equal time.  It specifically allowed for any scientific theory of origins to be taught in the science classroom, including creation or intelligent design, as long as it was not required to be given equal time.    It is a strange thing, yet all too common, to see the very people who preach free thought oppose it, and the ones who want to question everything shut off debate.  Then they rant and rave over rumors, which turn out to be false, that their opponents might restrict free thought.  There’s a word for this: hypocrisy.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA healthcare audit ‘well under way’

first_imgBradhsaw recommended that HIV monitoring focus on women between 15 and 49 years old, using data from the department’s antenatal survey. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has said about R500-million is expected to be set aside in the 2012 budget to fund pilot sites for the NHI. Gordhan said the pilots would form the first part of a 14-year programme to introduce the NHI system. He said the department was auditing infrastructure and financial management structures and was doing a head count of health workers in every facility. 7 November 2011 “We would like that to increase to 80 percent of women on treatment,” Bradshaw said. Motsoaledi was speaking after receiving a report on health data from the Health Data Advisory and Co-ordination Committee (HDACC), which was appointed by the department last year to improve the accuracy of the country’s health data. At Thursday’s briefing, HDACC deputy chairwoman Debbie Bradshaw told Motsoaledi that the proportion of HIV-positive pregnant women on antiretroviral therapy was at 22 percent, and had to be increased. “We are still doing this audit on health facilities,” Motsoaledi told reporters in Cape Town. “We are even auditing the headcount of health workers in every health facility.”center_img He said at the last count, about 2 800 institutions out of 4 200 public health institutions had been audited. The mother-to-child transmission rates also a key indicator that had to be targeted in the HIV/Aids epidemic, she said. An audit of South Africa’s health facilities is well under way ahead of the planned launch of National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot sites, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said last week. A report by the committee says the total number of patients receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2009 was 1.1-million. The target for 2014 was 2.5-million. Part of the first phase would also involve revitalising hospitals, improving nursing and getting the public health system to provide a more caring environment Sapalast_img read more

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Meet the Punk Dalit Girl Who Is India’s First Hugo Nominee

first_imgMondal grew up in Kolkata, trained as an editor, and studied in Scotland and New York. In 2015, she received the Octavia E Butler Memorial Scholarship that enables writers of colour to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Butler herself got her start in writing.As a Dalit woman science fiction writer, Mimi has been pegged to an array of stereotypes.Read it at The Quint Related Itemslast_img

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Crime and beauty

first_imgAuthor Kirk Wallace Johnson’s prose glitters like the tropical bird feathers he describes in this story of a 20-year-old American flautist’s theft of some $250,000 worth of bird skins. One of the summer’s most talked about books in the US, the tale is rich with detail and colour. Johnson embarks,Author Kirk Wallace Johnson’s prose glitters like the tropical bird feathers he describes in this story of a 20-year-old American flautist’s theft of some $250,000 worth of bird skins. One of the summer’s most talked about books in the US, the tale is rich with detail and colour. Johnson embarks on a high-speed tour of Victorian fashions, the secretive world of salmon-fly-tying and environmental degradation-all in pursuit of a charismatic and unusually wily villain. THE FEATHER THIEF: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the CenturyThe rare feathers belong to the “skins”-dead birds with their innards removed but feathers intact-stored in the Natural History Museum of Tring, a small town in Hertfordshire, about 44 miles northwest of London. The skins are rare for three reasons. They belong to endangered species of birds. A number of those that were stolen belonged to birds that had been caught, collected and tagged from South America and the Malay Archipelago at great personal peril by 19th century biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, whose ideas closely paralleled those of Darwin’s. But the third reason is the most extraordinary. The beautiful plumage of these dead birds is as precious as rare gems for an international group of artisans who create ornamental fishing lures. Called “flies”, these tiny, jewel-like creations are built around fish hooks and require hours of painstaking effort behind a magnifying glass to complete. The origin of the craft is the sport of fly-fishing, but creating lures with no function other than their own beauty is what captivated an exceptionally gifted young flautist called Edwin Rist. In 1999, when he was only 11 and expecting to pursue a career in music, he happened to watch an instructional video on television about fly-tying. He became entranced. By 14, he was being hailed as a master of the craft. It would become an obsession which, combined with his ambitions as a world-class flute player, warped his moral compass. The reason he stole the precious bird skins was to sell them and buy himself an exceptionally fine flute.advertisementIn a book that recalls Susan Orlean’s blockbuster The Orchid Thief, Johnson presents this complex story like a skilled angler. The brightly coloured lure is Rist, while we are the salmon, kept on the hook by the fine, taut line of the author’s desire to expose the truth behind the tale. Not just the “how” of the theft but also why we should care about it.Accompanying the text is an album of photographs. Amongst them we see the handsome young criminal, an array of the tiny enticing fishing “flies” and a selection of the birds whose gorgeous plumage leads humans astray.last_img read more

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National Youth Championships day one – boys’ division

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales Touch Association Development Team nearly caused a boil-over in the boys’ division when they drew with defending premiers New South Wales Combined High Schools on day one of the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday.In a highly entertaining match, NSWTA Development led 3-2 at half-time and leading again 6-5 with a minute to go.However, NSWCHS managed to grab the equaliser to settle for a draw.The drawn match allowed Central Queensland Bulls to finish on top of the Pool A standings after day one.The Bulls bagged three wins from their three matches; big wins against their fellow Queensland rivals – Brisbane City Cobras and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – and South Australia Heat.NSWCHS and NSWTA Development are second and third respectively on 12 points with Cobras further back on six.It is a lot tighter in Pool B with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Independent Schools leading the way on 14 points following their undefeated start.Like their counterparts in the girls’ division, QSST ran in touchdowns for fun, averaging 14 touchdowns a game on day one.They have a percentage for and against record of 2100%.NSWCIS are second following their comfortable wins and 2012 boys’ champions New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges are third and Western Tigers are fourth.It appears those will be the four teams to fight it out for the semi-final spots as the fifth-placed team, Victoria, are eight points further back on two.Day two throws up three huge matches with NSWCHS meeting the Bulls in the morning, later NSWCCC will try to get over NSWCIS, and finally the Bulls go head-to-head with NSWTA Development.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksBoys’ NYC day onelast_img read more

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Update on fatal shooting at Muzik

Police are looking for two persons of interest, following this morning’s deadly shooting in downtown Toronto.A man and a woman died, and three people were hurt.The violence started inside the Muzik nightclub at the after party for Drake’s OVO festival.The man who died was shot on the club’s patio, while the woman was shot just south of Muzik. One officer was within metres of the woman when she was hit, and tried to keep her alive with CPR. She was pronounced dead in hospital.Police are looking for two men. The first is described as black, around 6 feet tall, between the ages of 25 and 26. He had buzzed hair, and was wearing a purple hoodie with a colourful design at the front, and dark jeans. The second man is described as brown, between the ages of 24 and 28, around 5 foot 11, and was wearing a yellow plaid shirt.Anyone who took photos or videos at the after party is asked to upload them to the Toronto police website at www.torontopolice.on.caDavid Brennan was live at the scene and has more details. read more

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